mike_77 (1960) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark brown mahogany colour. Initial taste is woody, quite drying. Roasted malts and chocolate come through later.
Onslow (927) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour from a 22oz bomber. Clear brown brew with very active carbonation at first. Big fizzy head, dense, after a few minutes settles down to a smallish but persistent head. Carbonation very lively and active at first, becomes very moderate and soft after about 15 minutes in the glass. Aroma of earth, caramel malts, over ripe sweet fruit, ethanol, roasted grains. Taste is sweet malt at the start, toasted grains and a little sweetness in the middle, finish with earth and a little drying hops. Final taste is still a bi sweet. Best when not fridge cold but a little warmer. Nice.
BeerFlavoredBeer (227) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 16, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fairly rich, deep brown. Nice inch or so of foam. Dry aromas of toasted nuts, slightly coppery malts. Very nice. In the mouth it is smooth and medium-bodied. The carbonation is sharp but transforms into a nice, creamy sensation pretty quickly. Mild chocolates, toasted malts, subdued dried fruits... great flavor profile. Just a bit of hoppiness wraps up the aftertaste. This is a well-crafted brown that drinks easily and tastes wonderful. Excellent.
Ratman197 (7631) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber poured a clear reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of carmel, cocoa, brown sugar and light earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, brown sugar, cocoa and a hint of earthiness with a smooth lingering cocoa finish.
ladnewton (1142) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at Evening Star, Brighton on 3rd November 2012. Deep brown with yellow-white head and creamy lace. Spicy aroma with bitter chocolate notes. Sweet malts and caramel in-mouth, with intense nuttiness - peanut and hazelnut. Sweet fruits include peach and strawberry, with continued nuttiness in finish. Zingy mouthfeel. Intense and flavoursome.
barakihunter (186) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma sweet and malty. Appearance is a deep, deep brown colour with a nice off-white head. Taste is creamy, nutty, malty, and very subtly fruity. Palate is warm, kind and a tad bitter. Overall, a GREAT brown ale!
chinchill (585) - South Carolina, USA - OCT 31, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer is a deep dark brown color, with reddish tones. The short off-white head fades quickly and leaves only a tiny ring in the glass and a few spots of lace on the glass. The aroma is a bit subtle, but has a nice and complex blend of roasted malts, maple/caramel, toffee, nuts and spicy hops. The taste starts sweet, malty and nutty. Mid-taste has a less sweet and darker roast flavor, with a bit of molasses coming into play. The finish and aftertaste have a good sweet-bitter balance. The hops are mild but but strong enough to bring out a good balance and to add a nice layer of light spice to the flavor.
Despite the small head, there’s plenty of carbonation, rendering the beer a bit crisp. Medium body. Finish is slightly dry. [4+]
O: An easy drinking beer, as is typical for style, but richer and slightly darker in flavor than average. Easily recommended, although perhaps a little closer to an average brown ale than I expected from this outstanding brewer. Do not serve very cold.
obguthr (3225) - Poquoson, Virginia, USA - OCT 21, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Rich walnut and maple syrup nose, somewhat vegetal. Clear brown, thin yellow head. Coffee flavor in and out, sweet and roasty. Boiled cabbage, unfortunately is equally prominent. This beer has some really nice points, aside from the DMS, which is unavoidable.
davidm (1777) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 20, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the Royston Hotel. Great malty ale. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, and nuts. Taste is sweet, with long length. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Dark brown, with a frothy head.
tricyclist (444) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - OCT 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
from notes - pours a rich brown with a minimal head. Nose is nutty and chocolate with caramel and hazelnut. Flavor is grassy with hops and roasted malts. Light nutty. Richer than the nose. Medium body with light lacing.